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How Students Can Vote Early on Campus

Written by on October 31, 2022

NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State University students who are registered to vote can now vote early for the midterm election coming up.

Kerem Tasdan, the Election Fellow at the Center for Engagement Center, explains why ISU students should take advantage of early voting. 

“Early voting is a great tool for voters and specifically ISU students to be able to utilize when it comes to voting just so that they can sort of avoid the long lines on election day,” said Tasdan. “And since we do get the day off of school on Nov. 8, it is also nice that if you want to go out and enjoy the beautiful day off class, you can early vote and be able to fully enjoy the day off on November 8. So, just being able to get the voting out of the way while there are not too many lines and being able to still have your voice heard just on an earlier date.”

Tasdan touched on where on campus students who are registered in McLean County can go to vote early.

“To be able to avoid lines on election day and vote early, students can go to the Bone Student Center Founder’s Suite or the Watterson Towers Rosa Parks room to early vote. The times are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Nov. 4,” said Tasdan.

Because voting can be tricky, especially for first-time college voters, Tasdan explains why early voting can alleviate the stress it may place on students.

“There are definitely a lot of obstacles when it comes to voting that I think specifically ISU is trying to address and Illinois as a whole to make it a more voter-friendly treatment,” said Tasdan. “But, I definitely think when it comes to early voting, it’s a great resource that students should be able to utilize when it comes to voting. Again, you can get your voice out early and not have to wait on election day, so it just makes it easier to vote.”

If you are interested in early voting, go to the Redbird Voter Guide at civicengagement.illinoisstate.edu for more information and to use your right to vote.